Big Jones Hosts Heaven Hill for a Special Whiskey Dinner July 31
We are pleased to welcome Heaven Hill Distillery on Wednesday, July 31 for our next whiskey dinner with the Big Jones Bourbon Society. For this installment of our whiskey dinner series, we once again turn to Appalachia, on this occasion drawing inspiration and a few recipes from The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery, a wonderful book of stories and recipes gathered in the 1970′s from old-timers throughout Appalachia who remembered the old way of doing things, many of them continuing to cook on wood stoves and save their own calf’s stomach cuttings (for the rennet, to make cheese) even into the modern era, and the old Time Life book on Southern Cooking from the Craig Claiborne era that was penned by our beloved Eugene Walter. Reservations can be made by calling 773-275-5725
Titled A Midsummer Sunday Dinner, ca. 1920, the menu is as follows:
Wednesday July 31, 2013
6:00 reception, 7:00 dinner
Corn Fritters with Fried Okra and Zucchini, Homemade Mayonnaise and Pepper Sauce
Turnip Greens Cooked with Potato Snowballs and Ham Hocks
Crackling Cornbread with Sweet Cream Butter and Juneberry Jelly
Pan-Fried Smoked Ham with Crowder Peas, Blue Corn Hominy Cooked with Streak of Lean and Onions, and Pickled Peaches
Sliced Tomatoes with Malt Vinegar, Herbs, and Buttermilk on the Side
Blackberry and Marrow Pudding Pie with Cherokee Sweetmint Ice Cream
Heaven Hill Whiskies to be poured:
Elijah Craig 12 Year
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Fifty dollars per person including tax and gratuity
Posted 06/19/13 - Share this entry
Shop & Eat Local! Bucktown Bazaar
SHOP LOCAL this summer! In collaboration with the Wicker Park & Bucktown Chamber of Commerce—Red Door, Bucktown's charming neighborhood eatery announces the Bucktown Bazaar. On Sunday, June 23rd from 4-6pm, eight of Bucktown's most noted brick-and-mortar boutiques will literally set up shop on Red Door's gorgeous outdoor patio for an all-local community fundraiser.
Displaying a variety of unique goods and specialty items for sale such as letterpress stationery, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, accessories, body products, floral arrangements and more, neighbors and shoppers are invited to drop by the patio and browse this outdoor social for a perfect Sunday afternoon. For an optional $10 donation, guests will enjoy tray passed appetizers by Chef Troy Graves and are encouraged to sip while they shop with a complimentary champagne cocktail.
100% of proceeds from each donation will go back to the community, supporting the Wicker Park & Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.
MEDIA ALERT: BUCKTOWN BAZAAR AT RED DOOR
WHO: Red Door, Virtu, Roslyn, Radiance Fine Jewelry, Larkspur, vive la femme, Vividbraille, g boutique, Valentia, Wicker Park & Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
WHAT: Red Door will host a shopping bazaar and neighborhood fundraiser on their spacious outdoor patio showcasing eight local brick-and-mortar businesses and boutiques from North Bucktown
WHERE: Located at Red Door - 2118 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60647
WHEN: Sunday, June 23, 2013, 4:00-6:00pm
WHY: For an optional $10 donation, guests will enjoy tray passed appetizers by Chef Troy Graves and are encouraged to sip while they shop with a complimentary champagne cocktail. 100% of proceeds from each donation will go back to the community, supporting the Wicker Park & Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.
ABOUT RED DOOR: A collaboration of Chef Troy Graves and partners Christopher Peckat and Fei Tang, Bucktown’s bar and eatery features global comfort food flavors with equal attention paid to a seasonal, locally and organically sourced craft cocktail program by Jay Schroeder. The neighborhood venue with food by Graves--who has 15 years of experience at the likes of acclaimed Chicago restaurants Meritage Café and Wine Bar, Tallulah, and Eve--boasts an expansive 2,500 square beer garden plus an intimate indoor space located at 2118 North Damen Avenue. Follow Red Door on Twitter @DrinkRedDoor and for more information visit www.reddoorchicago.com. Phone number 773-697-7221.
BOUTIQUES PARTICIPATING IN THE BUCKTOWN BAZAAR:
VIRTU - From a birthday card to a hostess gift, to sparkling jewels in between, Virtu celebrates more than a dozen years in Bucktown to serve you and your gift giving needs. Each and every one of their pieces of fine jewelry, stationery, and personal and home accessories has been crafted individually by North American artists. When you are looking for something for someone who has everything, Virtu will help you find a thoughtful treasure, wrapped and ready for you to share. Don't forget to find something for yourself while you're there. 2034 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, (773) 235-3790
VIVE LA FEMME - vive la femme offers an exceptional range of plus-size fashion for the confidently curvaceous woman! Since 2002, vive la femme has offered Chicago’s full-figured shoppers the latest looks and trends exclusively in sizes 12-24. vive la femme’s signature looks focus on classy and sassy options with a twist of whimsical flair that translates perfectly to creative workplaces, weekend adventures, and swanky events. www.vivelafemme.com 2048 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60647, 773-772-7429
LARKSPUR - Larkspur has been serving Bucktown and beyond for over 18 years. Inside this charming vintage storefront, visitors will find an abundant selection of fresh flowers and unusual houseplants amongst a varied selection of antique ceramic pottery, artisan vases and jewelry along with naturally scented and beautifully packaged candles, body products and letterpress stationery. Specializing in weddings, commercial accounts, and all things floral. www.larkspurchicago.com 2123 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-489-2898
ROSLYN - Roslyn offers collections from both emerging and established designers and has been featured numerous times in publications such as Lucky and Vogue. Since opening its doors in 2006, Roslyn has garnered attention from the media and fashion-savvy as one of Chicago's most outstanding resources for inspirational, hard-to-find labels. The well-regarded boutique caters to women with great personal style who are looking for high-quality garments that provide comfort, sophistication, and an edge. www.roslynboutique.com 2035 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL. 60647, 773.489.1311
RADIANCE FINE JEWELRY - Radiance Fine Jewelry is the trusted name for fine jewelry in the Wicker Park and Bucktown Community. We specialize in highest quality fine jewelry from outstanding designers such as Mark Patterson, Fana, Coast Diamond, Meira T. and our very own, Rebecca Claire. Our Jewelry Specialists are experienced in all facets of the jewelry industry ensuring you, our guests, are getting to working with the best people in the jewelry industry. We also offer Appraisal service as well as all types of Jewelry and Watch Repair http://www.radiancefinejewelry.com 2139 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773.486.5710
VALENTIA - Valentia supports Fair Trade, local & national artists, home decor, furniture, gift items, kitchen & bath, bags, jewelry, scarves, and women’s wear! https://www.facebook.com/ValentiaStudioBoutique 2042 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-698-8857
VIVIDBRAILLE - Clothing for the young professional that wants to attach meaning to fashion. Vividbraille takes pride in creating a brand that seemingly is impossible to categorize. It also takes pride in blurring the lines between fashion, art, and thought. The founder and creative director, Brock Willsey, likes to refer to his brand as simply "intelligent". www.vividbraille.com 2064 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, 773.772.8536
G BOUTIQUE - Bucktown's little pink store has lingerie from across the globe, sex toys of the highest quality and expert sales associates. For over 10 years g boutique has served individuals and couples through informative programming, knowledgeable staff and the belief that no question is too embarrassing to ask. www.boutiqueg.com 2131 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773.235.1234
Posted 06/13/13 - Share this entry
Sardinian Dinner - Last Thursdays, May 3013
For our Last Thursday dinner in May, we turn to Sicily's neighboring island, Sardinia. Giuseppe has partnered with Buon Gusto to bring you a mouthwatering menu that exemplifies Sardinian cooking.
The five course menu begins with a selection of Sardinian cheeses and pane casarau, which is a crispy, unleavened bread. It includes malloreddus, which are a Sardinian pasta, with a pork and sausage ragu'; a seafood stew with mussels, clams, branzino, and fregola sarda (a Sardinian couscous) in a saffron broth; and myrtle-roasted sucling pig. The meal ends on a sweet and salty note, with seadas, which are fritters filled with fiore sardo cheese and drizzled with a traditional bitter honey.
The entire menu, which includes wine pairings, is available at a special price of $75 on Thursday, May 30, 2013, and throughout the weekend. On the weekend it is also available a la carte.
Posted 05/26/13 - Share this entry
Telegraph Celebrating National Escargot Day
Snails are one of Chef Anderes' favorite, and we're excited to participate in National Escargot Day on Friday, May 24th! We'll be offering the following dishes starting Thursday the 23rd.
Grilled swordfish, smoked patty pan squash, petit snail ramp vinaigrette
Scotch snaiil, edwards ham sausage, sauce remoulade, pickled radicchio
Nettle spaghetti, leeks, horseradish, white wine poached egg
Pictures are available on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.542837782424691.1073741829.199620300079776&type=1
All of these dishes will go on our regular menu for the weekend. Our sister restaurant, Reno, will also be participating and serving mushroom snail duxelle pizza, housemade cheddar ricotta, and French ham.
Posted 05/22/13 - Share this entry
Chef Carrie is Cooking at the Taste of Chicago!
NAHA is proud to announce that this year Chef Carrie will be participating in the 33rd annual Taste of Chicago in picturesque Grant Park on Chicago's lakefront! At this year’s Taste, Carrie will be a Celebrity Chef du Jour on July 11. Joining other notable Chicago chefs Paul Kahan, Rick Bayless, Gale Gand and the Hearty Boys, and Giuseppe Tentori while they prepare three-course meals served in an air-conditioned tent in the heart of the action.
The Taste of Chicago runs from July 10-14th and features some of the best and brightest in Chicago's restaurants, and will host award-winning musical acts including Robert Plant, Jill Scott, and fun.
Tickets are $40 and will go on sale on Wednesday May 15th. For details and updates, visit the event website, the Taste's facebook page and follow on Twitter at @TasteofChi2013, using hashtag #TasteofChi
Posted 05/13/13 - Share this entry
Olive Oil Dinner
For the next dinner in our ongoing Last Thursdays events, Giuseppe has teamed up with Karen Rose of City Olive in Roscoe Village and Edgewater for an Olive Oil Dinner on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Karen has paired exquisite olive oils to each of the five courses in this menu that begins with a surprising delicious olive oil cocktail and ends with a decadent chocolate olive oil cake.
Dinner is $50 per person, excluding tax and tip. Wine pairings are available.
The menu is offered at a special price on Thursday, and will be available a la carte throughout the weekend.
Last Thursday of the month
Posted 04/24/13 - Share this entry
Big Jones to host Trash Fish Dinner with Chefs Collaborative, featuring the best seafood you’ve never tried
On Monday, May 20, executive chef Paul Fehribach in conjunction with Chefs Collaborative will be joined by nine of Chicago’s premier chefs to present a Trash Fish Dinner at Big Jones. The event benefits Chefs Collaborative, a national network of chefs working to make sustainable practices second nature in restaurant kitchens. The dinner will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by an eight-course, family-style dinner at 7 p.m. Seafood for the evening will be provided by event sponsor Fortune Fish and Gourmet. The cost of the dinner is $125 per person, inclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol. Tickets are required and can be purchased by calling 617-236-5200 or online at chefscollaborative.org/events.
The featured chefs will showcase lesser-known fish species in each course, like dogfish, smelt, speckled trout and triggerfish. These sustainable fish, often known as “trash fish,” have traditionally been left off the menu by chefs, discarded by fishermen as bycatch, and are virtually unknown to the general public.
The Trash Fish Dinner chef lineup is as follows:
Hosted by chef Paul Fehribach – Big Jones
Erling Wu-Bower – Avec
Paul Kahan - Blackbird
Bruce Sherman - North Pond
Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris - Prairie Grass Café
Laura Piper - Trattoria No. 10
Michael and Patrick Sheerin - Trenchermen
Paul Virant – Vie; Perennial Virant
The Trash Fish Dinner sponsors are as follows:
American Harvest Organic Spirit
Environmental Defense Fund
Fortune Fish and Gourmet
Monterey Bay Aquarium and Seafood Watch
Posted 04/22/13 - Share this entry
Kentucky Derby Crawl: Old Town Social
You don’t need to be at Churchill Downs to enjoy the Kentucky Derby in all its rip-roaring glory! Join the action-packed Derby Day Crawl, starting at Chicago’s favorite sporting parlor, Old Town Social, and continuing on to RM Champagne Salon on Saturday, May 4th. Whether you’re throwing back handcrafted Mint Juleps and Pimm’s Cups, noshing on our signature brunch specials, or watching your favorite thoroughbred cross the finish line, there’s fun for everyone at this on-the-move celebration! With 23 flat-screen plasma TVs strategically placed throughout the restaurant, you won’t miss a second of the race day action.
Come flaunting your Derby best on race day as the Jockey's Jackpot will be awarded to best seersucker and best hat, with many additional opportunities throughout the day to win prizes. In honor of America’s longest-running annual sporting event, Chef Jared Van Camp will be cooking up delicious Kentucky-inspired race day specials. At 6pm, busses will pick up the party and head across town where the festivities will continue at RM, one of the most beautiful urban patios in the city. Doors open at 10:30am.
For more information on OTS’ Derby Day please visit www.oldtownsocial.com or contact the restaurant at 312.266.2277.
Posted 04/08/13 - Share this entry
Thienot Wine Dinner
We are pleased to announce an incredible four course dinner with five delicious Champagnes from one of our favorite houses, Champagne Thienot, with Garance Thienot in attendance.
The event will be on the evening of Tuesday April 23rd, cost is $175 per person (tax & gratuity included) with Chef Carrie Nahabedian creating a beautiful menu using delicious, fresh Spring ingredients!
Space is very limited with advance booking and payment required.
For reservations or additional inquiries, please phone Naha at 312-321-6242 and ask for Lisa Smith.
It's going to be a fantastic evening, we look forward to seeing you!
Posted 03/29/13 - Share this entry
Big Jones hosts a Piggybank Dinner benefit for Southern Foodways Alliance with Matt Lee and Ted Lee
April 18 we are proud to host a special Piggybank Dinner to benefit The Southern Foodways Alliance with James Beard Award-winning authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee in celebration of their awesome new cookbook, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen.
The Lee Brothers will be siging their new cookbook as executive chef Paul Fehribach prepares a multicourse tasting menu featuring recipes from The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen and a few Lee Bros. classics from their earlier books.
There is a cocktail reception and book signing at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. In keeping with Southern Foodways Alliance's traditional seating at events, seating will be communal, however the dinner will be plated.
April 18, 2013
6:00 Cocktail Reception and Book Signing
Kumquat Champagne Sparklers
Rock & Rye Cocktails
Collard Green Tea Sandwiches on Sally Lunn
Shad Roe Spread on Buttered Toast
Henry’s Cheese Spread on Savory Benne Wafers
Peanut and Oyster Stew
Pickled Shrimp with Fennel Nestled in Butter Lettuce
Smothered Pork Chop with Hoppin’ John and Brussels Sprouts with Benne and Bacon
Grapefruit Chess Pie
Syllabub and Macaroons for the Table
Paired wines TBA
$100 per person
50% of ticket price benefits Southern Foodways Alliance
Posted 03/14/13 - Share this entry